Miguel Collazo: First Neumann Student at
The Washington Center


Joe Gosseaux with Miguel Collazo
Joe Gosseaux with Miguel Collazo

Criminal justice major Miguel Collazo is spending his summer in our nation’s capital interning at The Washington Center, a nonprofit organization that provides college students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington D.C. 


Collazo’s sister Dianna had done an internship with The Washington Center a few years ago and recommended it to her younger brother.

“My sister really enjoyed it and said it was a great opportunity for her. She learned so much from the experience. I will say that it is pretty tough to get into the program,” he said.


The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni, many of who are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.


Collazo is the first Neumann University student to intern at The Washington Center.  He started the application process in the fall and was required to explain his areas of interest which include law enforcement.


“I’m hoping to tap into The Washington Center connections. What that experience on my resume, it will really help me get a job,” he noted.


While he has not been given official notice, Collazo is planning on working with the DC Metro Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, or the U.S. Marshall Service. In addition to receiving college credits for the internship, Collazo will also be paid throughout the summer program.


After he graduates from Neumann, Collazo plans on going to law school or working in the law enforcement field. He has high praise for the criminal justice faculty at Neumann, namely professor Joe Gosseaux.


“I love the major and the professors, especially Mr. Gosseaux. He’s one of the best I’ve had. It’s nice to have professors who have done this type of work for a living,” said Collazo.



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